JDSU Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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Pros
  • JDSU provides a very reasonable work/life balance with discretionary time off plan (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management seems disconnected to what is really happening (in 11 reviews)

  • The main focus of the JDSU senior management team is to make "the street" happy (in 6 reviews)

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  1. It's ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at JDSU (More than 5 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    Leadership, very top heavy, work life balance hard to achieve


  2. JDSU Maintenance

    Current Employee - Response Tech Supervisor in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Response Tech Supervisor in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at JDSU (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. New challenges everyday..never boring.

    Cons

    Not forward looking enough. Threw away decades of experience in a recent down sizing.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good & Bad

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    Current Employee - R&D Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - R&D Software Development Engineer

    I have been working at JDSU (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting technology to work on

    Cons

    Cheap in the way they treat employees


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  5. Was a great place to work 5 years ago...

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    Current Employee - Sales in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at JDSU (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Long history of great products and services.

    Cons

    Executive management team has a vision for the future, but they may be moving away from core competencies too quickly.


  6. Basic

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    flexible vacation, technical strength, some opportunities

    Cons

    poor work-life balance, poor social environment


  7. Electrical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, co-workers are the best.

    Cons

    I question whether upper management knows the direction the company needs to go to achieve the expected growth.


  8. QA engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    good work place, nice colleagues very flexible working hours, good salary

    Cons

    have to work on different time zone to collaborate with customers of different sites


  9. A great company becomes 2 new ones

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic environment allows anyone to mold their job into something they can grow with and make a contribution in.

    Cons

    The impending separation has created a lot of uncertainty and lack of clarity. Many good people are leaving or have left.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate your acquisitions from Day 1. Don't let your personal feelings towards one another cloud your judgment about what's best for the organization as a whole.


  10. great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    good work and life balance

    Cons

    too big. some times things can get slow


  11. Helpful (8)

    Life sucking corporate culture

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity to grow your skills, if you can pitch it right. Peers are talented and hard working.

    Cons

    Middle management creates ridiculous project schedules and then applies huge pressure to get things done. Continuous budget cutting means quarterly layoffs. Getting sick of being lied to over and over about how the company is positioning itself for growth. Lack of trust between siloed projects, corporate functions (e.g. sales and project management) and between management and individual contributors.

    Advice to Management

    Agile in a software organization means very specific things, and that isn't "developers will magically be twice as productive when you say you're agile". Empowerment doesn't mean giving people freedom to decide things as long as they decide the things you wanted them to decide.



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